Botanical Medicine

Herbal Consultation ◉ Herbal Education


Herbs promote health from the inside out. Jiling customizes your formulas, based on your unique health needs. She incorporates both Western and Chinese herbs, emphasizing gentle remedies, daily routines, and actionable steps for vibrant health. Herbal consultations are included in your acupuncture treatment, or enjoyed as a stand- alone treatment. This includes a full health assessment, written list of suggestions, and individualized treatment plan.

How to Take Botanical Medicine

Internal Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicines are extracted/ prepared in different ways. Follow your prescribed dosage/ frequency.

Tea/ infusion 

Often lighter parts, like leaves/ flowers. Place dried herbs into hot water. Steep 10- 15 min, then strain & sip.

Steep nourishing infusions or overnight infusions 1 oz of dried herb per 1 quart jar overnight, then strain & sip.

Decoction

Often heavier parts (ie. roots/ stems), or Chinese formulas. Lightly boil dried herbs for 20- 60 min, then strain & sip.

Tincture

Plants extracted in alcohol. Click the dropper into your mouth. Dosage varies from 1 drop to 2 dropperfuls.

Pill

Encapsulated botanical powders/ granules. Swallow with water, following prescribed dosage/ frequency.

Granule

Individual plants or complete Chinese herbal formulas extracted then suspended in a medium. Place 1-3 tsp into a cup, cover with warm/ hot water, then imbibe following prescribed dosage/ frequency.

Powder

Dried herbs crushed into a powder. Take with food, mix with water, or roll into honey pills.

Food

Food is medicine. Understand & eat the nutritional/ medicinal benefits of common foods/ spices.

Topical Botanical Medicine

Apply as needed/ directed onto your skin/ affected areas.

Oil

Plants infused in different oils. Some oil infusions are for both edible & topical use.

Balm/ Salve

Oil infusions hardened with a binding agent, often beeswax.

Wash

Plants extracted in water (tea/ infusion/ decoction). Cover affected area with extraction- soaked cloth, or immerse affected area in extraction.

Steam

When hot water extraction is complete, remove from heat, then carefully stand with towel over affected area & extraction for 1- 10 min.

Poultice/ Plaster

Place crushed plants directly/ indirectly onto affected area. Let sit then remove, or cover with cloth bandage for prolonged exposure.

Liniment

Plants extracted in alcohol, often for topical use only. Alcohol is absorbed quickly, for fast- acting benefits, often for acute care.

Other Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicine is both ancient & modern, with continual changes/ discoveries. This is not a comprehensive list.

Growing Plants

Growing plants, botanical identification, & lifelong herb- learning increases access to botanical medicines, and joyous interactions.

Essential Oils

Highly concentrated extractions. Only for extremely diluted topical use, or diffused for aromatherapy. Do not ingest.

Flower Essences

Energetic plant preparations with highly diluted plant material. For internal/ topical use.

Incense

Incense may be in powder, stick, cone, block, or bundle forms. Burn for fragrance, heat, energetic, or other purposes.

Your Herbal Consultation

Herbal consultations are included in your acupuncture treatment, or purchased as a stand- alone treatment (online only).

Herbs are sold separately, and not included in the consultation fee. Your unique formula may include high quality herbal granules, teas/ infusions, tinctures, and/ or topical applications.

Before Your Consult

Complete new patient paperwork & payment at least 24 hours before your appointment

During Your Consult

  • Assessment: We'll discuss your health history, lifestyle & goals in detail, reviewing all body systems.
  • Treatment: I'll explain your herbal treatment plan & personalized recommendations. This includes therapeutic herbal, dietary, lifestyle, and exercise suggestions.
  • Your herbal recommendations includes herbs you can purchase, grow, or gather. For herbs that require a provider account (usually Chinese herbs), we'll arrange an herbal pick- up/ drop- off.

After Your Consult

  • Book your follow- up appointment
  • Take your herbs regularly, according to your recommended dosage/ frequency
  • Follow lifestyle/ other recommendations